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One object many stories: The Ashes

17 December 2019

Since its playful origins as a gift to the captain of the English cricket team in the 1880s, The Ashes has gone on to become the holy grail of cricket excellence.

Listen to this audio recording of a fascinating panel discussion held at the Library on 10 December 2019, to celebrate the display of The Ashes Urn in the Velvet, Iron, Ashes exhibition for a limited time until 23 February 2020.


Jed Smith: Melbourne Cricket Club
Alice Clarke: journalist
Stuart MacGill: former Australian Test cricketer
Tayla Vlaeminck: Australian cricketer


Gideon Haigh: journalist